Friday, February 23, 2007

New City Palace, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Still apt to wander the streets of Glasgow after work on a Friday evening looking for somewhere to have dinner, we popped into the New City Palace on Sauchiehall Street.

It's another one of those mostly hidden restaurants where all you see is a fairly run down and grubby sign outside a closeway between shops. The restaurant is upstairs above those shops and is a reasonable sized place once you navigate your way up the narrow stairs. The decor is bright and not too over-oriental and the background music is modern and western and the place was quite busy. They have a decent three-course, pre-theatre menu for under £10 so it seemed a pretty popular choice for those planning on going on to see a movie or going for a drink afterwards. We were headed for the movies ourselves so it suited us too.

The menu was a good mix of Chinese cuisine with a few Thai dishes in there too and even the pre-theatre menu had a good mix of dishes. Service was blindingly fast, which is quite common for Chinese restaurants but this was even faster than normal. It was maybe a bit too fast as we were trying to pass a bit of time before the movie start time but better that than slow - I hate slow service.

The food was very nice too and the dishes were presented very well, little carved rose carrots and all. We had barbecue spare ribs and spring rolls to start followed by kung-po chicken and beef with green pepper and black bean sauce. This was topped off with a bit of black forest gateau and cream and we were set for the night.

Cuisine: Chinese
My Rating: 7/10

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